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The Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax (PIT) Guide is for informational purposes only, and while it's the department's intention to maintain the guidance herein as accurately as possible, this publication is not binding on the department if the guidance is outdated or contradicts statutory, regulatory or case law, or binding letter rulings.

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  • The full version of the PA PIT Guide is temporarily unavailable, pending updates.
  • Chapters 2 and 3 have been merged into Chapter 1.
  • Chapters 10, 18 and 22 have been temporarily removed.

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PA PIT Guide Chapter 1 -- Chapters 1-3 (combined): Customer Service and Taxpayer Assistance

PA PIT Guide Chapter 2 -- Personal Income Tax Information Security

PA PIT Guide Chapter 4 -- Chapter 4: Filing Requirements for PA Personal Income Tax

PA PIT Guide Chapter 5 -- Chapter 5: When to File

PA PIT Guide Chapter 6 -- Chapter 6: Brief Overview of PA Personal Income Tax

PA PIT Guide Chapter 7 -- Chapter 7: Gross Compensation

PA PIT Guide Chapter 8 -- Chapter 8: Interest

PA PIT Guide Chapter 9 -- Chapter 9: Dividends

PA PIT Guide Chapter 11 -- Chapter 11: Net Income or Loss from the Operation of a Business, Profession, or Farm

PA PIT Guide Chapter 12 -- Chapter 12: Net Gains or Losses From the Sale, Exchange, or Disposition of Property

PA PIT Guide Chapter 13 -- Net Income (Loss) From Rents, Royalties, Copyrights and Patents

PA PIT Guide Chapter 14 -- Estates, Trusts and Decedents

PA PIT Guide Chapter 15 -- Gambling and Lottery Winnings

PA PIT Guide Chapter 16 -- ​Pass Through Entities

PA PIT Guide Chapter 17 -- Credits

PA PIT Guide Chapter 19 -- Tax Withholding & Estimated Payments

PA PIT Guide Chapter 20 -- Tax Forgiveness

PA PIT Guide Chapter 21 -- Amended Returns

PA PIT Guide Chapter 23 -- Natural Resources

PA PIT Guide Chapter 24 -- Cancellation of Debt